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Grzrd:
AHTD has posted the Preliminary 2013-16 STIP on its website.

edit - I changed title of this thread to create a catch-all thread for "smaller" Arkansas topics that might be similar to the "state name" threads elsewhere in this Forum.  The Preliminary STIP seems to be appropriate for such a thread.

Grzrd:
Move Arkansas Forward has a Proposed Constitutional Fact Sheet #1 that lists by region the four-lane highway projects that would be supported by the half-cent sales tax to be voted on in November (pages 6-7/88 of pdf; pages 4-5 of document):


--- Quote ---Four-Lane Projects of Regional Significance
South Arkansas
Completion of widening US Hwy 425 to four lanes from Hamburg to the Louisiana line
Completion of widening US Hwy 167 to four lanes between I-530 and El Dorado
Beginning the widening of US Hwy 82 to four lanes between Magnolia and El Dorado
Central Arkansas
Completion of widening I-40 to six lanes between Little Rock and Conway
Widening of US Hwy 70 to four lanes between I-30 and Hot Springs
Completion of widening US Hwy 64 to four lanes between Conway and Beebe
Completion of widening US Hwy 67 to six lanes from Jacksonville to Cabot
Improvements to I-30 connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock, including widening the I-30 Arkansas River Bridge (120,000 cars a day)
Continuation of widening US Hwy 270 to four lanes from Hot Springs westward
Northwest Arkansas
Widening I-540 to six lanes between Fayetteville and Bentonville
Completion of the initial two lanes of the ultimate four lanes of the Bella Vista bypass
Beginning four-lane construction of the US Hwy 412 Springdale bypass from I-540 to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) connector
Northeast Arkansas
Completion of widening US Hwy 412 to four lanes between Paragould and Walnut Ridge
East Arkansas
Continuation of widening US Hwy 49 to four lanes from Brinkley southward toward Helena-West Helena
--- End quote ---

I-49 is well-represented with the I-540 widening and the BVB in Northwest Arkansas. No I-69 projects are listed in South Arkansas; it looks like a major effort is underway to upgrade the US 82 corridor first (it looks like the US 425 project would include an overlap with US 82).

bugo:

--- Quote from: Grzrd on June 19, 2012, 11:18:56 AM --- Widening of US Hwy 70 to four lanes between I-30 and Hot Springs

--- End quote ---

This is badly needed.  The current route is curvy and 2 lanes with alternate passing lanes (welfare Missouri "4 lane.")  Hopefully they'll straighten out some of the curves but I doubt they will.  This road needs to be built as a divided route, but I'm guessing that AHTD will simply build a 5 lane undivided road along the current alignment.


--- Quote --- Continuation of widening US Hwy 270 to four lanes from Hot Springs westward

--- End quote ---

This one is needed as well.  It will be difficult to widen some of 270, as it runs through the side of a hill near an arm of Lake Hamilton and either the hill will have to be cut out further or the road will have to be built up to the north.  I am guessing that the next stage of construction will end at the Lake Hamilton/Ouachita River bridge, which is already 4 lanes.  Hopefully the new road will be 5 lanes instead of 4 lanes (there's no chance that it will be divided) because there are a lot of roads and driveways along this stretch of highway.


--- Quote ---I-49 is well-represented with the I-540 widening and the BVB in Northwest Arkansas. No I-69 projects are listed in South Arkansas; it looks like a major effort is underway to upgrade the US 82 corridor first (it looks like the US 425 project would include an overlap with US 82).

--- End quote ---

No mention of the Monticello Bypass?  The eastern half is shown on the 2012 Arkansas road map as being under construction, while the western half is shown as proposed.

M86:
Thank you for the update...

The AHTD website is absolutely ridiculous. 

As always, glad to see the Little Rock area is represented well.  Of Course.  Awesome... that whole "most Interstate miles per capita" still hasn't set in.

Do the AHTD look at traffic counts/accident reports?  I mean really... Is that a factor for them?  *chirp, chirp*




bjrush:
Talked to Scott Bennett this evening. I asked if he would consider shrinking the highway system to a more appropriate size and he said it has been strongly considered. He said there has been a small effort to make "deals" with counties such as "we put in a pricy bridge, you take over x miles of light traffic roads". Of course, he was also concerned with the politics involved of trying to take away people's state highways.

At least he understands the system needs to shrink. He also mentioned how important maintenance of the system is vs new construction. A very nice guy

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